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Canoe 2 Routes & Hire

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Trip 9 - Rushden Lakes to Oundle Mill


2 Days


All-Adult Group


18 miles

Route Description

​Two days paddling (total 18 miles), taking your own tent along, camping overnight at Wadenhoe Camp field. The camp is 14 miles in so a long first day, a challenging paddle, and then a far shorter second day of just 4 miles, though this can be extended with a lovely paddle around Barnwell Country Park backwater. Please Note - Wadenhoe camp is a lovely spot but taking your own tent is basic with access only to a portaloo and a drinking water tap.


2 person canoe £155.00
3 person canoe £200.00
"Own Tent" Camping at Wadenhoe (per small/medium tent) £13.00
"Own Tent" Camping at Wadenhoe (per large tent) £20.00

Route Details

  • Longer, more challenging first day, short second day

  • Camp at Wadenhoe - lovely rural location

  • Great start point at Rushden Lakes


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Pre-booking essential. This is a challenging paddle on the first day with all your camping gear in the canoe and portaging 8 locks on the way but it is followed by an easy second day

Day 1

Check in time is 9am. You will set off from our base at Rushden Lakes around 9.30am, you head down river, you can if you wish take in the moving water in the backwater around Stanwick Lakes Nature Reserve before rejoining the main river. The Water Mill Tea Room at Willy Watts Marina provides a great place for a break on the river. From here you will continue your journey on the winding river passing Woodford and Denford before arriving at Thrapston where you can pull in for some refreshment at the Woolpack Inn located just across the road.

On your final section today you will pass by 2 more locks on your journey before arriving at your camp location near the village of Wadenhoe. This camp is located at one of the most tranquil and beautiful locations along the River Nene. The setting here is just idyllic. A short walk from here and you arrive at the Kings Head at Wadenhoe which dates back to the 17th Century. The perfect riverside thatched inn with an excellent reputation for its food, drink and atmosphere. The camp is basic and just a portaloo and drinking water tap is available. If you would prefer a full packaged up break with Comfy Camping in one of our Bell Tents then please check out Bundle 3.

Day 2

With just 4 miles to paddle today you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the tearooms which is approximately 20 minute walk away or your own breakfast at the camp. You will continue your journey down river passing the splendid Lilford Hall, once the home of Sir Thomas Powys, who held the post of Attorney General to King James II. Once you reach Oundle Mill you can take the small pretty backwater that passes around Barnwell Country Park and return along the main river to Oundle Mill. From here we will collect you at 4.30pm and transfer you back to your start point.

Locks: The locks along the river make great rest points. Access to and from the river either side of the locks is generally by newly installed portages (low level platforms either side of the locks). Where portages are not available, access varies but is typically via boat moorings or low level floating pontoons. We also supply, included in the price of your package, great little canoe “trolleys”, so you can choose whether to carry, or simply wheel your canoe past the locks.

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